My attention...even prior to the July 15 announcement...has shifted to the secondary market for past gems. Which are, IMHO, becoming even more gem-like every day.
Folks like Pat (Harmonyards) have convinced me that recycling older, well-built/detailed 'bones' is more appealing...financially, as well as technically/aesthetically...than pining for a catalog announcement that increases the heart rate...from desire () OR sticker shock ()!!!
Speaking of the heart...folks like Pat, Alex, Gunrunner, et al, are, IMHO, our hobby's renowned 'cardiologists'. I'm not sure that the lingering hoopla over TMCC vs. DCS will ever be resolved to everyone's satisfaction. But, should my favorite vision...Battery Power with DCC...ever gain enough traction to be in their surgical repertoire, I'll have the beautiful, affordable 'bones' for their surgical skills.
And, meanwhile, the conventional performance suffices for my enjoyment.
TEHO, though. Enjoy the catalog.
Thanks for the reminder to relook the Lionel catalog. I ordered the CN 2-8-0 limited production from Mr. Muffin and now I have decided to add the Maine Central 2-8-0. So now I will have two 2-8-0 arriving around the same time!
I ordered the Maine Central 2-8-0 from Lionel's webstore, you get them first that way direct from Lionel. However, you do pay full retail from Lionel. But, it doesn't bother me since we do need to support our remaining train companies with new purchases.
I have two loops on my layout and I think both 2-8-0s will look great running side by side around North Adams MA. NOTE: Someone asked if I posted TRAIN pictures. I said I did but he could not remember seeing them... so